Virginia Tech’s Quarterback Job Will be Wide Open in the Spring

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With the weekend commitment of Jerod Evans to Virginia Tech, the Hokies now have more highly-rated quarterbacks on their roster than they have in a long time.

To sum it up, here is what the rankings look like…

Jerod Evans: #1 JUCO QB in the country by Rivals, #3 dual threat JUCO QB in the country by ESPN

Dwayne Lawson: 4-star, #310 player in the country by 247Sports, #175 player by Rivals, #199 player by ESPN

Josh Jackson: 4-star, #184 player in the country by ESPN, #9 dual threat QB by ESPN

That’s three guys who were rated among the top players at their position by at least one recruiting/scouting service (I consider ESPN a scouting service, while Rivals and 247 are recruiting services).

Back in 2002 and 2003, the Hokies had Bryan Randall (#1 VA player in 2001) and Marcus Vick (5-star recruit in 2002) on the same roster. Had Vick not gotten suspended, Tech would have had both of those guys in 2004, along with 4-star QB prospect Sean Glennon. Glennon later split time with 5-star talent Tyrod Taylor. Since then, Tech’s quarterback depth hasn’t been nearly as strong.

Throw in the experienced Brenden Motley, and possibly Chris Durkin as well, and Justin Fuente could have as many as five quarterbacks to work with this spring. They are all guys who can run, and that’s something Fuente said he wants his quarterback to be able to do.

I’m curious to know what the staff will do with Chris Durkin. The outgoing staff experimented with him in a tight end/H-back role early last season, but he spent most of his time as a scout team quarterback, and he’s still listed as a quarterback on the roster. If no other quarterback transfers, it would be a lot easier to use Durkin in that H-back role, where perhaps he could develop into an Alan